Heath disappointing as VCD Close the Gap
By Stuart Morgan
It was a day that Heath never really got going as VCD closed the points gap to 6 with 5 matches remaining
It's easy to get disappointed over a result like today's 3-0 away defeat away at VCD Athletic but in truth the fact that in our maiden season we still sit 6 point in front of the established Bostik side who have also tasted the level above is testament in how far the side and players have come. We have some new faces still looking to bed into the squad and stamp their abilities in the side and this will always take a little while no matter what the side is.
The match itself never really looked like a contest to be fair with the hosts knowing only a win would keep their playoff hopes alive and even then it would still take a big swing of results in the final 5 matches, a defeat today would end any hope but as the match progressed it never looked likely.
The opening goal came in the 13th minute, Heath could feel slightly hard bone by as the VCD player brought the ball under control with his chest and then arm before finding Charlie MacDonald in the 6 yard box who made no mistake from close range.
Heath really couldn't find any rhythm in the match giving up possession all too easily and VCD snapped the loose ball up and were constantly putting Heath under pressure. The hosts could of had a penalty mid way though the first half when Cameron Tutt's man went over but the referee felt the challenge was fair.
The closest Heath came to getting on the score sheet was 5 minutes before the break but Kenny Pogue's effort came back off the post and was then cleared to safety.
The second half of many matches this season has seen a different Heath side step over the line and turn matches on their head but it wasn't to be today as the hosts continued to dominate throughout the pitch.
The lead was doubled just under 10 minutes into the half when a ball out of the Heath defence was easily returned forwards and Chalie MacDonald nipped in ahead of Josh Spinks before again finishing from close range past Josh Heyburn.
Heath introduced new signing George Landais but it was it was still the hosts looking more dangerous going forwards and on 63 minutes a fine crossfield ball found the right back deep in the Heath final third he picked out Ali Fuseini and he made no mistake from 8 yards wrapping the match and the 3 points.
Heath finally recorded their first effort on target with 67 minutes played as new signing George Landais called the hosts keeper into a smart stop down low that the defence then cleared up the loose ball.
VCD obviously took a step back in the final 20 minutes as Heath enjoyed longer spells of possession but a good defensive display continued to leave Heath trying efforts from distance that never troubled the keeper.
Full Time VCD Athletic 3-0 Heath
Despite defeat Heath still sit in 5th with a 6 point cushion and 5 games to play, next week they are back at Hanbury where they face Whitstable Town who today beat league leaders Cray Wanderers 1-0 so it will again be a real test for Heath.